Why Camp? Growth Through New Experiences!

Gretchen and Laurie were having a conversation with a camp dad the other day.  I overheard them laughing and tuned in to hear him say,  “My girls have been in one zone all year, and it’s the comfort one!” They have been based in their living room (their virtual classroom) since August, and he has … Continued

From Bell-Ringing to Leaf-Blowing!

How has it already been eight weeks since we lowered the cabin flaps, deflated the lone swim-lake tube, and cleared out the last box of salty snacks?! Other than a few furry four-legged barn animals, Jasper and Dahlia, the final members to leave the camp community for the season were nurses Mary and Denise. They … Continued

The Results Are In!

Camp is really good for kids!

Camp Illahee families participated in a Youth Outcomes Study conducted by Clemson University and sponsored by the NCYCA.  Illahee was one of nineteen private independent camps included and had the highest participation rate!  55% of our camp families took part in last summer’s survey. (The overall parent response was 24%). Thank you Illahee parents!  Your … Continued

The Hunger Games and Our own “Sundae Games”

Camp Illahee is set in the quiet town of Brevard, NC and those of you who have been to camp here know how fun it is to walk down Main Street and visit our shops and enjoy grilled cheese sandwiches and ice cream sundaes at Rocky’s old fashioned soda counter.  There is a definite buzz … Continued

Art Projects, Horses, and 192.1 Disney Style!

It’s been a great weekend getting ready for camp!  On Friday afternoon one of our kindest  camp  friends and neighbors Miss Nancy, had Kris, Caroline, Gretchen and me over for a “ladies lunch”  and for a chance to preview the needlework projects that she is planning for the summer.  True to her camp roots, she … Continued

Increasing Our Margin of Safety

Camp Illahee hosted Bob Ditter last week at Pinecrest when he came into town to lead a day long NCYCA (North Carolina Youth Camp Association) workshop for camp directors at Kanuga Conference center.  Bob to travelled down from Boston to lead the day-long training for North Carolina camp directors.  A child and family therapist, Bob … Continued

13 cities and 8 states!

The past two and a half weeks have been fantastic!  The five of us – Gordon, Laurie, Gretchen, Kris and Caroline divided destinations, logged miles across eight states and enjoyed visiting with old campers, new campers and prospective families in 13 cities! In week one, just before halloween, Gretchen and Caroline gathered with our Nashville … Continued

Leadership Summit in the Heavenly!

  Several Illahee counselors travelled to camp for a “Heavenly World” planning and training session.  Heads of Hill and CIT mom,  along with other camp leaders and counselors extraordinaire  spent a recent weekend “brainstorming” for the upcoming summer. New plans for choice period and cabin adventure were discussed as well as fun twists to evening … Continued

A White Christmas!

For many in the Southeast, Christmas brought a beautiful white snow, and Camp Illahee was no different! According to Gretchen, who is holding down the fort, more than six inches had fallen and it was still coming down. Our parents are visiting Pinecrest for Christmas and helping with feeding the dogs, taking care of Stormy … Continued